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NHL: 3 things to know for Tuesday night

03/24/2015 11:41 EDT | Updated 05/24/2015 05:59 EDT
Vancouver and Winnipeg are battling for playoff position in the West, while Montreal and Carey Price look to extend a shutout streak against Nashville and fellow Vezina contender Pekka Rinne. 

Here are three things to know for Tuesday: 

Canadian teams trending up

The Vancouver Canucks have won four of their last five, and their leading scorer, Daniel Sedin, is riding a four-game point streak to improve the team's playoff bid. 

Vancouver claimed a 3-2 overtime victory when the Winnipeg Jets visited on Feb. 3. 

However, the Jets are rolling into town Tuesday trying to extend their winning streak to a season-high of six games. Forward Drew Stafford is also enjoying a significant point streak. 

The 29-year-old has four goals and four assists over the past six games, including a breakaway goal in Monday's 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Western playoff race intensifies

With 10 games remaining in their regular season, the Canucks are sitting in the second spot in the Pacific division. 

Vancouver only has a two-point lead on the Calgary Flames and a four-point lead on the Los Angeles Kings, so every game down the stretch is crucial. 

The Jets are challenging for playoff position in a tight Western Conference race.

Winnipeg has nine games left to make their case, as they hold the final wild-card slot while trailing the Wild by only a single point. 

Vezina Trophy battle

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is having a career-season and could extend his shutout streak to three games as his team visits the Nashville Predators. 

Regardless of the score, Montreal could reach the 100-point mark for the second consecutive season on Tuesday with a victory or overtime loss. They are deep in the Presidents' Trophy race and are going for their fourth win in a row. 

The Predators are struggling through March and are on a mission to string together two wins for the first time in a month after shutting out the Sabres 3-0 on Saturday.

While Price leads all goalie categories, Pekka Rinne isn't far behind him and is another prominent name in the Vezina discussion. 

Montreal won their previous meeting 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 20. 

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